As we approach the New Year many of us are ready to say good riddance to 2020, a year unlike any other. In spite of the bleakness of the situation, we have seen the best in our human spirit in unprecedented numbers.
We recognize our healthcare providers as heroes and they are most deservedly fitting of this recognition.
I also stand in awe of the many champions within our community who stood up, rolled up their sleeves and went to work helping those who were in their greatest need. I would particularly like to recognize some organizations within the Huntington community that really went out of their way to assist – Helping Hand Rescue Mission, Tri- CYA, Huntington Assembly of God, Family Service League, St Hugh’s Parish Outreach, Ecumenical Lay Council of Northport, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish Outreach and Trocaire House, to name a few. Although there are other organizations that I may not be aware of, this list is by no means exhaustive.
Each of these organizations went above and beyond to serve so many families who were simply out of options. Many of you have that giving spirit and are looking for opportunities to be able to give back to the community. May I suggest that you consider supporting one of these organizations, or another of your choice, who would be more than happy to have your time, treasure and talent? Volunteers, supplies and monetary donations will continue to be needed for many months ahead.
As we enter the New Year hopefully the vaccine will mark the beginning to the end of this pandemic that has disrupted so many of our lives, but in the meantime until that day arrives we have to continue to work together to help each other as these organizations have done.
I wish each of you a year of good health, peace and prosperity. Meanwhile, please continue to keep those who have suffered and sustained loss this past year in your thoughts and hearts.
Happy New Year!
William R. Spencer
Suffolk County Legislator
18th Legislative District